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    Redcoats & Rebels: The War For America 1770-1781

    By: Christopher Hibbert

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    Redcoats and Rebels: The War for America 1770-1781 tells the story of the 'cruel, accursed' war that changed the world for ever.The story of this war has usually been told in terms of a conflict between blundering British generals and their rigidly disciplined red-coated troops on the one side and heroic American patriots in their homespun shirts and coonskin caps on the other. Basing his compelling narrative on a variety of sources - enlivened by astute character sketches of the principal participants and eye-witness accounts - Christopher Hibbert portays the realities of a savage war which raged the length of an entire continent. It was war, condemned by thousands of his fellow-countrymen, which George Washington came periously close to losing. Both before and after General Burgoyne's surrender at Saratoga the British rarely lost a battle until the French, motivated largely by self-interest, helped the rebels defeat Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown in 1781.

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